Sunday, July 02, 2006

Sleeping Outside...


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Peggy, Dallas, and I, spent the first night of July out on the deck, under a black mountain sky framed with Ponderosa and Jeffrey Pines, watching bats, stars, and clouds roll overhead until we all drifted off into our own dreamworlds.

Peggy and I agree it was the soundest sleep we'd had in weeks, but Dallas had no comment, he seems to think civilized dogs, and their people, sleep indoors.

Today our friends Craig and Pam are coming up from The Big Smoke (the L.A. Basin) and we're all off to a potluck BBQ beerfest at the east end of the valley.

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10 Comments:

Blogger byHisgracealone said...

peaceful, refreshing...in the cool night air...

it was cool...yes?

11:28 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Roger and I love to sleep outside, but we haven't slept outdoors here yet. No deck to sleep on, and I'm not too keen on sleeping right out on the ground. We have bobcats and raccoons pass through our yard fairly regularly. So a deck may be a project for the future, specifically for outdoor sleeping. Best way to sleep, with the stars visible from your pillow.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

I love the quilt in the picture. There's nothing better than a good quilt and fresh air.

Thanks for the kind things you wrote on my blog. I'm not sure how I found earth home garden. The universe must have led me to it thru other people's blogs and links.

My aunt used to have a cabin up in Blue Jay. I spent a lot of weeks up there with my cousin hiking and sleeping in the back yard and watching them quilt. What a lovely way to spend July!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

You mean you can do that there without mosquitoes? :)

We just bought a portable screen house and set it up out by the garden, so we can enjoy the outdoors without bugs. The kids have slept out there, but we adults haven't yet.

7:42 PM  
Blogger madcapmum said...

I'm with Deb - we'd be eaten alive if we tried that here! My best house fantasy is a screened porch.

(Love the quilt, btw.)

9:36 PM  
Anonymous vickie said...

Your dog is awesome!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

byhisgracealone-

Refreshingly cool but not cold, it was in the mid 50s.

robin andrea-

We used to sleep out on the grass in the summers but after we covered just about every inch of the yard with native plants, trees, vegetables, and chickens, there was nowhere to sleep which is one reason we built the deck.

Our sofa/bed has a nice Sealy mattress that we bring outside, which is hardly like roughing it.
I think its more comfy than our bed. And the only wild critters in the yard are birds, bats, toads, garter snakes, lizards, gophers, field mice, the occaisonal Raccoon family dropping by, and Coyotes wandering the streets at night. I can only dream of bobcats in our yard. I really enjoy sleeping out in the woods, along some remote trail, with Coyotes howling nearby and curious eyes staring from the bush, but the deck ain't bad either.

ash-

The quilt was made for us by Peggy's stepmother, Gladys. She's made several for us and that is one of my favorites.

deb & madcapmum-

Mosquitos aren't a serious problem here because it's so dry at this elevation, but they can be a bit pesky over near the lake at times, or in some of the wetter canyons where there's standing water.
We've never gotten a Mosquito bite in our yard.

And mum, the quilt is one of those I told you about some time ago, that was made for us by Peggy's mom.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

How lovely. When it's really hot here, I take my sleeping bag into the back yard and sleep so much better. My DH doesn't think much of this, but I know that I'm way cooler outside. (Still, it's a bit scary where we live to be so vulnerable. Good thing my loyal protector, Maggie is nearby. She'll sleep anywhere the people are!

4:06 PM  
Blogger veggiegator said...

That pic is so cute! Your dog has his own bed out there, even though he would've rather slept inside. I haven't slept under the stars since summer camp back in 1989! Too many mosquitos in Florida for me to take that risk here, I'd end up with West Nile or something.
I like your blog, I think its great that you dumped the car and live the way you do!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

My husband and I have been sleeping outside for the last 4 months. We live in central B.C. and have been camping out in our Gazebo which hangs of the edge of the cliff overlooking the Fraser River. It's been a wonderful experience. Listening to the wind, hearing and seeing the snow geese fly south and realizing the each night has a different feel. You never would know this if you slept inside. Our coldest night was last night at 7 below. We were warm with our down bags and wool bedding.

12:43 PM  

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